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  1. 1. FROM GUTENBERG TO GOOGLE • TENDING THE FLOCK • SIREN SONGS St.Michael’s Volume 48 Number 1 Spring 2009 University of St. Michael’s College in the University of Toronto Alumni Magazine GARDENS OF THE MIND A former SMC Dean of Students masterminds top garden design showcase on the St. Lawrence
  2. 2. St. Michael’s The University of St. Michael’s College Alumni Magazine Contents PUBLISHER Office of Alumni Affairs 05 CAMPUS NOTES and Development EDITOR 10 From Gutenberg to Google SMC’s Book and Media Studies program attracts Mechtild Hoppenrath students to examine the media that carry the message COPY EDITORS BY PHILIP MARCHAND 6T9 Fr. Claude Arnold CSB J. Barrett Healy Fr. Robert Madden CSB 5T2 16 Gardens of the Mind A former SMC Dean of Students masterminds CAMPUS NOTES & SNAPSHOT top garden design showcase on the St. Lawrence Amy Stupavsky BY CHARLES OBERDORF CONSULTING EDITOR Charles Oberdorf 22 Triathlons, Drum Sets and the Quest for God EDITORIAL ASSISTANCE & The surprising dimensions of Research PHOTOGRAPHY in Motion’s Chief Operating Officer Eva Wong BY GRAHAM F. SCOTT DISTRIBUTION Ken Schnell 24 Tending the Flock Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs ART DIRECTION & DESIGN: Fresh Art & Design Inc. encourage children to find their own way to God BY AMY STUPAVSKY COVER Detail of an exhibition garden at Les Jardins de Métis in Québec Photo : 2006, Louise Tanguay, 26 Siren Songs Canada’s hottest singer-songwriter tells Jardins de Métis/Reford Gardens how St. Mike’s taught him to overreach Publication Mail Agreement BY JUSTIN RUTLEDGE No: 40068944 Please send comments, corrections 30 HONOURS and enquiries to Ken Schnell, Manager, Annual Campaign Alumni Affairs & Development 31 BULLETIN BOARD University of St. Michael’s College 81 St. Mary Street, Toronto, ON M5S 1J4 Columns Telephone: 416-926-7281 04 ZEITGEIST Fax: 416-926-2339 Philosophy and the “New Era of Responsibility” Email: 09 GIVING Alumni, friends and students of Tribute to Frank Morneau St. Michael’s College receive this magazine free of charge. 15 ALUMNI ASSOCIATION Visit our website at Upcoming Events 28 THE VIEW FROM SMCSU Correction: The writer credit under last Surround Sound, Graffiti, Grease and Hair issue’s story Clear Conscience should have read, “Sabitri Gosh is co-winner of the 29 SNAPSHOT At the Kelly Café with Sarah O’Connor 2008 Canadian National Magazine Award, Service – Personal Finance & Business.” 35 ART ON CAMPUS Falcon 2 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  3. 3. THE VIEW FROM ELMSLEY PLACE Good Works 101 ST MICHAEL’S IS INDEED tailored to the students’ needs. There a College with a heart! is a balance between course materials In this most discon- and the students’ own interests, and certing year of unprecedented finan- opportunity for change, initiative and cial downturns, spiraling unemploy- growth. Currently, we have a full ment and all of the social angst and complement of 14 students enrolled issues that accompany such a context, there is a message of hope at in this program, which begins in February and ends in June with the St. Michael’s. creation and defense of a thesis project that addresses a concern they Late in the fall, one of our recent graduates approached Campus have about the human condition. As our website proclaims “It’s Cool Ministry to ask for assistance for one of his clients—a young man who to Stay in School.” had been injured and as a result has become a quadriplegic. This February brought another opportunity to support student initiatives, young man required a chair lift to be installed at his home. The Cam- this time in the shape of a Bake Sale organized to help re-forest Haiti. pus Ministry Social Justice Group enlisted the aid of SMCSU and the To provide and plant a tree in Haiti costs $2. The Bake Sale raised Dean of Students. Our students contributed their time and talents to enough to provide 150 trees. The students have a goal of 300 trees in organize a “Coffee House” during “Chill Week” to raise the funds mind, so we shall need to stay tuned for the next fundraising initiative. required for the lift. The recipient of the $3,000 raised attended the In addition to their academic pursuits, I could not even begin to “Coffee House”, where he was made welcome by all present. list the volunteer activities that engage our students in many areas in, The Friends of the Library conducted their annual, very successful around and outside the campus. None of this should surprise us in a Book Sale in the fall as well. Over 130 boxes of the leftover volumes College whose history of social and intellectual outreach is legendary. PHOTOS: COURTESY OF THE PRESIDENT’S OFFICE were selected by “The International Book Buddy Trust” and sent to Such outreach is part of the fabric of who we are at St. Michael’s, Malawi as part of an aid package for schools there. because we are founded in a tradition that believes that “whatsoever Susan Martin-Willis 8T6, a teacher at the J. Clark Richardson Col- you do to these little ones you do to Me.” (Matt.25:40)! legiate in Ajax, founded the Transitions Program. This program became a part of St. Michael’s in 2005 and is currently organized and PROFESSOR ANNE ANDERSON CSJ, PRESIDENT, delivered by Cheryl Rock. Transitions helps students at risk of drop- UNIVERSITY OF ST. MICHAEL’S COLLEGE ping out of high school to complete their credits on a post-secondary In January, the Collegium of the University of St. Michael’s College campus. These are underachievers with promise. In the new learning announced the appointment of Sister Anne as the University’s environment, they are responsible for their own learning in a program President and Vice-Chancellor. St. Michael’s Spring 2009 3
  4. 4. ZEITGEIST “Whodunnit?” Philosophy and the “new era of responsibility” BY PAMELA J. REEVE PHD IN SEPTEMBER 2008, A SMALL GROUP OF ACADEMICS GATH- investment firms would govern themselves to protect shareholder ered for the Langan Conference, held at St. Michael’s interest had proven to be fundamentally flawed. College, to discuss the topic “Responding to the Crisis Henry Waxman, the committee chair, questioned Greenspan on of Responsibility: A Philosophical Challenge.” As it turned out, the his own responsibility for the crisis in light of his previously stated conference theme anticipated U.S. President Barack Obama’s inau- belief in unregulated free markets as “the unrivaled way to organize gural address in January 2009 and his proclamation of a “new era of economies.” Waxman pressed, “You had the authority to prevent responsibility” in the face of the current global financial and envi- irresponsible lending practices that led to the subprime mortgage ronmental crises. What contribution can crisis. You were advised to do so by philosophy make to addressing these many others. And now, our whole very concrete, real-world events? economy is paying its price. Do you In his paper, University of Notre feel that your ideology pushed you to Dame Philosophy Professor Ralph make decisions that you wish you had McInerny referred to the concept of not made?” human action proposed by 13th-century Greenspan prefaced his response theologian Thomas Aquinas as being by defining ideology as “a conceptual fundamental to responsible behaviour: framework” mediating how people “those actions alone are properly called “deal with reality,” explaining that human, of which we are master… everyone has and must have such a through reason and will” (Summa worldview in order to exist. He then Theologiae I-II.1.1, 1265–1273). Moral admitted that his ideology had proven responsibility arises because we execute wrong: “I found a flaw in the model our actions with a preconceived end or that I perceived is the critical function- goal in mind. However, the ends we desire and the actions we take ing structure that defines how the world works, so to speak.” are a consequence of a larger outlook on life, which may contain What better example to demonstrate the relationship between the unexamined and possibly flawed assumptions. assumptions (ideology) of an individual whose decisions governed Several times during the conference, reference was made to the the conduct of business in a particular sector and the consequences current financial crisis as a place where one finds a failure of respon- of flaws in those assumptions? The issue of responsibility thus sibility in an especially acute form. The financial turmoil arose from addresses not only action and inaction, but includes the worldview, the securitization of U.S. subprime mortgage debt, which then pro- or ‘philosophy’, that shapes the thinking behind the action. liferated through the global financial system. Determining who is Questioning the validity of worldviews has traditionally been the responsible is especially difficult, given the number of institutions task of philosophy. Nevertheless, this questioning needs to be imple- involved: mortgage brokers; credit-rating agencies; investment banks mented in the world if one is to avoid the critical edge of Marx’s chal- who bought the mortgage-backed securities; the regulatory agencies lenge that philosophy has only interpreted the world in various ways, with oversight of these institutions; various levels of government. whereas the point is to change it. ! Professor McInerny raised a concern about the regulators relying on profit-motivated corporations to govern themselves responsibly. Pamela J. Reeve ( holds a PhD in Philosophy from Uof T ILLUSTRATION: ANSON LIAW Interestingly, a month later, this very issue arose in a U.S. congres- and currently teaches Philosophy for St. Augustine’s Seminary,Toronto sional committee hearing. Former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan School of Theology. She recently consulted to the federal government’s Expert Greenspan admitted, “Those of us who have looked to the self-inter- Panel on Securities Regulation and recommended that the new common est of lending institutions to protect shareholder’s equity (myself securities regulator have an independent investor advisory body. The Panel especially) are in a state of shocked disbelief.” His assumption that adopted her recommendation and included it in its draft legislation. 4 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  5. 5. CAMPUS NOTES “Creating the cross was one of my most creative opportuni- Back row, L to R: Mike Shuryn, Matt Dillon, Brad Poulson, Sean Kavanaugh, Tyler Runnings, ties.” It’s only fitting that a car- Rob Wighton. From front L: Davide Pernarella, Liam Callaghan, Tim Corcoran, Ryan Hamilton, penter should craft it. “That Will Harris, Mark De Sanctis, Kevin Fawcett, Marc Trepanier. Lying down: Jonathon Elmes (goalie). symbolism wasn’t lost on me.” Not pictured: Mike Didur KELLY LIBRARY BOOK SALE SMC HOCKEY TEAM MAKES IT FIVE IN A ROW! end. Honourable mentions go to goal scorers Ryan Hamilton, Chaplaincy Director, who commissioned the cross from B ook enthusiasts at The Friends of the John M. W ith a 4-2 victory over UTM (Mississauga) on December 3, SMC's Div 1 Ice Tim Corcoran and Rob Wighton, and hearty congratu- lations to the rest of the players Steven Koschuk, SMC’s car- penter. The cross is made entirely of mahogany, culled Kelly Library’s fifth annual book sale (October 28- November 1) were not to be Hockey team has won its fifth for bringing home yet another from surplus odds and ends disappointed. A selection of consecutive intramural champi- championship to SMC! — from the Kelly Library. A fine art volumes, signed first onship! The victory avenges a Duane Rendle, Dean of Students beveled cut along the cross is editions by Canadian authors heartbreaking loss to UTM meant to evoke a bodyline, and books by SMC scholars earlier in the season, when our NEW CROSS TO BEAR while the screw heads, repre- were among the treasures up team allowed two goals in the last minute of play to tarnish an otherwise undefeated sea- L ast year’s St. Michael’s Easter Triduum celebrations intro- duced a new visual focal point senting Christ’s wounds, have been filed to look hand-tooled. “I wanted to make her for grabs. The sale raised $21,862. “We were delighted with the results,” said Friends son. This time, SMC spent in the form of an eight-foot tall something simple but elegant, President Caroline Morgan Di most of the game relentlessly cross. “I get chills when I look something reflective of a poor Giovanni 7T0. The proceeds pressuring UTM in their own at it,” says Marilyn Elphick, carpenter,” says Koschuk. will go to the library’s fund for St. Michael’s Spring 2009 5
  6. 6. CAMPUS NOTES books and journal subscrip- tions, new furnishings for the student study areas, equipment replacement and professional development, and towards planning for the library’s upcoming 40th anniversary. The Opening Night Reception, a fundraiser and sale preview, featured guest speaker Michael Enright, host of CBC radio’s The Sunday Edition. In his address, he noted that while he didn't attend SMC, he had been a WORLD YOUTH DAY, SYDNEY 2008 student at St. Michael's College L to R: On a beach in Queensland, School in Toronto. He was Australia, SMC students Greg Rupik, pleased to find himself on the Opani Mudalige and Adam Lalonde. university campus at last! Opani writes: “We are very grateful FAMILY DAY 2008 to the USMC Chaplaincy, the Basilian Adam Power applies his body painting THE MUSICAL TIES THAT BIND Fathers, alumni and all who supported our pilgrimage.” skills to SMC student Thea Kennedy as part of the day’s activities. ON October 27, St. Michael’s hosted Sacred Sounds, an ecumenical evening of religious music in the Madden Hall Auditorium. Featuring Christian, Jewish and Muslim singers, the event’s aim was to foster mutual respect and understanding. “It’s part of our commitment to dialogue among the Abrahamic faiths,” said organizer Michael O’Connor. “We wanted to emphasize the commonalities in the religions by focusing on the subject of music.” Nearly 70 students and ARBOR AWARDS PHOTOS: LISA SAKULENSKY PHOTOGRAPHY people from local churches, synagogues and Muslim associations took up the invi- tation. “It was an enjoyable way to gain insight into another community — one ARBOR AWARDS 2008 that didn’t involve speeches Top row, L to R: Ann L. Sullivan 7T7, James N. Grace 6T7, Caroline F. (Morgan) DiGiovanni 7T0. or lectures, but choirs and Bottom row, L to R: Michael Barrack 7T7, Marilyn K.F. (Frutkin) Grace 7T5, a capella groups,” said Richard Hayward 7T0. Not pictured: David G. Broadhurst 6T3 and Dr. Richard Toporoski. UofT New College student Hanah Zuberi. 6 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  7. 7. BOOZER BROWN APPOINTMENTS The 40th Boozer Brown • St. Michael’s College football match in Fall 2008 welcomed the return of saw women again playing. Jonathan Bengtson to his The alumni team won 5-3. new position of Director of Library and Archives on November 1, 2008. Upon the retirement of Professor James Farge CSB on January 1, 2010, he will also assume the role of Librarian of the Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies. Bengtson previ- ously served as Chief Librarian of the John M. Kelly Library, from March 2004 to the end of 2007. • Leslie Belzak was ap- pointed Director of Development in November. Belzak has been with the College since 2003, previ- ously as Senior Develop- ment Officer. Currently, she is responsible for the administration of all Christianity & the Arts programs of the Alumni and Development Office. Annual Lecture • The Office of Alumni Affairs and Development The Language of Stained Glass appointed Betty Noakes as Glass artist Sarah Hall, RCA Donations Manager and Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:30 pm Stewardship Coordinator. Alumni Hall, Room 400, 121 St. Joseph St. Noakes has previously All welcome. No registration required. worked with UNICEF Canada and Toronto Centre Rosedale Federal Liberal Riding Association. Celebrated Toronto-based stained glass artist Sarah Hall will give this year’s Christianity and the Arts lecture. She assumed her position PHOTO: STAINED GLASS: MICHAEL ELKAN Hall is one of North America's best-known stained glass artists, recently elected into the on January 5, taking on Royal Canadian Academy of Art, an honour achieved by only five Canadian glass artists in the many of the duties form- history of the Academy. She has produced some of the largest stained glass projects in North America, erly handled by Angela her current project consisting of 33 monumental windows based on the Doctors of the Church for Mazza, who, after nine St. Catharine of Siena in Columbus, Ohio. She has received numerous awards for outstanding liturgical art. years with the Alumni She is the author of The Color of Light: Commissioning Stained Glass for a Church (Liturgy Training Publications, Chicago 1999) Office, moved on to Wycliffe College. ! St. Michael’s Spring 2009 7
  8. 8. GIVING Urbane Renewal 2 In Spring 2007, this magazine reported the planned renovations to the College’s historic houses on Elmsley Place. Here, thanks to photographer Darrylynn McDonald, some glimpses into the transformations. Elmsley House Donors ($500+) Susan Adam Metzler, Joanne S Belsito, Maureen Berry, Wanda A C Bielawski, Catherine Brayley, David G Broadhurst, John P P Brown, Robert G Burns, Jim Carson, Robert & Anne Cobham, J Paul & Nadine Condon, J Martha Cunningham, Lisa Damiani, F George Davitt, Guy P Di Tomaso, Daniel Driscoll, Michael K Dugan, Gerald A Flaherty, Bill & Anne Fox, Robert W Henry, Joseph C M James, Dalia I Jocys, Diane L Karnay, David & Elizabeth Kerr, Edward & Ann Kerwin, Lefebvre & Lefebvre LLP, Kenneth P Lefebvre, Hugh & Laura MacKinnon, The Right Hon Paul Martin, Erin Metzler, Frank & Helen Morneau, Gertrude Mulcahy, Edmond G Odette, Louis L & Patricia M Odette, Terrence J O'Sullivan, Paul T Quinlan, Lennard & Starr Rambusch, Alexander Reford, Rosanne T Rocchi, Sal & Sheila Sarraino, The Estate of Ian G Scott, Edward & Marisa Sorbara, Norman W Stefnitz, Louise Ruth Summerhill, Anne C Trousdale, The Estate of Charles W Trunk Jr, Edward T Unger, Bernard J Wiacek, Wilhelmina M Wiacek 3 Anonymous We also wish to thank all those donors who we are not able to list here because of the limited space. Your participation in this project is very much appreciated. 8 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  9. 9. GIVING Tribute Celebrating faith, family and the many contributions of William Francis (Frank) Morneau K.C.S.G., K.G.C.H.S., D.Litt.S BY ANNE ANDERSON CSJ ON JANUARY 12, 2009, THE This Order is the highest recognition model. The important revision to our Mem- University of St. Mich- accorded to Catholic laypersons for service orandum of Agreement and sale of our Bay ael’s College regretfully to the Church. Street lands were but a few of the matters accepted the resignation of Frank Morneau as In addition to his substantial financial necessitating his attention, as well as the vital the Chair of its governing body, the Collegium. support of St. Michael's, Frank, as Chair of concerns around succession both at the Pres- Faith and family are the prime motivators the Collegium, devoted an enormous ident and Chairperson level. His efforts, in Frank's life. Nothing is more important amount of his time piloting the new Uni- internal and external, will benefit our stu- to him. While many people agree dents for generations to come. that these values are worth culti- Frank’s involvement with our vating, Frank lives them. His founding Basilian Fathers dates commitment to faith-based edu- back to his early days at Assump- cation is evident in the amount tion High School and St. of time he has devoted to his Michael’s College School. Their work for St. Michael’s. He has recognition of him was evident also been actively involved with through the University of St. the Archdiocese of Toronto as an Michael’s College with the grant- advisor to the Archbishop, and ing of a Honourary Doctorate in has provided leadership and 1996. From a career perspective, guidance for Providence Health- Frank has been a shareholder and care, Newman Centre, Knights Director of many private and and Ladies of the Holy Sepul- public companies, as well as char- chre, St. Augustine’s Seminary itable organizations. His main and many other organizations. employment achievement cen- Toronto Archbishop Thomas Frank Morneau and his wife, Helen, at their summer home on tered around his founding of W.F. Collins, Chancellor of the Uni- Georgian Bay with eleven of their twelve grandchildren. Morneau & Associates in 1966, versity of St. Michael’s College now known as Morneau Sobeco, notes that, “Frank Morneau is a truly versity of St. Michael’s Act through the a public entity with over 2,400 staff, on the devoted Catholic whose generous service has Ontario Legislature. This Act changed the Toronto Stock Exchange and functioning as been a great source of strength for the peo- governance of the University, legislating the Canada’s largest Human Resource Consult- ple of the Archdiocese of Toronto for many appointment of external representatives as ing and Actuarial Firm. PHOTO COURTESY OF THE MORNEAU FAMILY years. His creative leadership of the St. well as representatives of the various con- In 2008, Frank moved to Honourary Michael's College Collegium has been of stituencies the College serves. Chair and Director of Morneau Sobeco and particular benefit to the whole Catholic His leadership at St. Michael’s was evident as of this January past, scaled back his many community which is served by the College.” from his initial involvement on our Finance charitable interests to devote more time to his In 1999 Frank was honoured by the Holy Committee dating back some eighteen years bride of 47 years, their five children and Father for his many services to the Catholic plus. He had significant involvement as twelve grandchildren. We wish him every joy community when he was appointed Knight Chair of the Collegium on many of its for- as he alters his life’s plan while continuing to Commander in the Order of St. Gregory. mative issues under our new governance care for others. ! St. Michael’s Spring 2009 9
  10. 10. BOOK & MEDIA STUDIES From Gutenberg to Google SMC’s Book and Media Studies program attracts students to examine the media that carry the message BY PHILIP MARCHAND 6T9 ARSHALL MCLUHAN, THE CEL- ebrated St. Michael’s College professor, once stated that the medium was the mes- sage. His benign ghost—surely he still fre- quents the college he loved so much in life—is doubtless pleased to witness the suc- cess of the College’s Book and Media Studies (BMS) program. More to the point, stu- dents also love the program. Launched in 2002 as a minor College Academic Pro- gram, with thirteen enrolments, BMS is now a major program with 268 students from all across the Uof T campus. Nobody predicted this success. “When we launched this idea in the spring of 2002, we got some pretty strange looks,” recalls Mark McGowan, Principal of St. Michael’s College and head of the program. “‘Book history? Are you crazy? The book is dead.’” McGowan pauses and glances at his own office, full of books and documents. “These 10 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  11. 11. PHOTOGRAPHY: RENÉE JACKSON St. Michael’s Spring 2009 11
  12. 12. utenberg’s press was born perfect. He got it. may have been the same people who envi- and being able to learn about the books that when it comes right down to it, is give the sioned the paper-less office. In reality,” I love and knowing their history really attract- students context. Context is so important McGowan points out, “students find the ed me to the program,” she comments. for them—the fact, for example, that before book fascinating. They say things like, ‘I pre- Some of the students will enter the book 1850 the ordinary person couldn’t afford to fer to have something solid in my hand publishing industry after university—but buy a newspaper or a book. That comes as a when I’m reading, something that won’t Speirs emphasizes that the course is not a revelation to them.” crash.’” When Program Coordinator Dor- ‘how-to’ course in editing, or a form of cre- Speirs and such colleagues as Yannick othy Speirs asks students about their interest ative writing, or a literature course, or any- Portebois, who teaches a course on books in the program, many of them cite their love thing other than a study of books and other and reading, are building on a great intellec- of books as physical artefacts—the way they media of communication. “We don’t con- tual tradition at St. Michael’s College and the look, and feel, and smell. centrate on literature as literature, what we’re University of Toronto, a tradition begun by Somewhat to the surprise of Speirs, the looking at is the book and the manuscript as such pioneers in media studies as McLuhan students are not all from arts or history pro- artefacts,” comments Speirs. “We also put a and Harold Innis. Innis and McLuhan real- grams. Emily Yu, for example, a former par- great deal of emphasis on things like the evo- ized that various means of communication ticipant in BMS as well as a student in the lution of print and the printing press. It’s a had specific effects on users, quite apart from human biology program, is living indication kind of cultural and historical perspective, I the content of those means of communica- that bibliophiles can be found in scientific would say, more than a strictly literary per- tion. Nothing in Plato’s Republic, McLuhan disciplines. “I love to read in my spare time, spective. What we’re trying to do really, observed, was as important as the fact that 12 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  13. 13. All artifacts shown on this page and other pages are from the St. Michael’s College collection of printing presses and moveable type. students, in a book culture, all had identical funny to see the students touch it gingerly, ing of invitations for the retirement dinner of editions of the Republic, with the same print- as if they’re going to break it,” Speirs adds. College President Richard Alway last June. ed paragraphs on the same page. This made The cast-iron thing is a brute—but in the Another McLuhan principle seems to be at Plato not only more accessible to students, eyes of Portebois it’s also a thing of beauty. work—yesterday’s technology becomes but encouraged the rise of linear thinking “I love these machines,” she says with feel- today’s art form. “It’s good for the College, and uniformity in general. ing. When asked why, she replies, “I love it’s good for the presidents and the students,” In the first floor of the St. Michael’s human ingenuity. When you look at these Portebois says of the work of the printing College library, I stand with Speirs and machines, some of them, their simplicity is room. “It makes everything unique.” Portebois beside a 19th-century printing absolutely beautiful. Gutenberg’s press was The BMS program deals with the con- press, a relatively simple mechanism not born perfect. He got it.” temporary scene as well as the past. that different from the 16th-century presses Not all of the presses in the St. Michael’s Journalist, author and Master of Massey that circulated Martin Luther’s writings library are museum pieces. In the “printing College, John Fraser, lectures on newspapers with unprecedented speed and so made room” on the second floor of the library are in Canadian society for the program and has possible the Protestant Reformation. The old hand presses and trays of moveable type taken students on field trips to the news- press weighs 6,000 pounds. “That thing is that have been used to print Christmas cards room of the Globe and Mail. Mark there forever,” Portebois says. “It’s not going for the Principal and the President of the McGowan teaches a course on “Broadcast to go anywhere.” (It is far too heavy to be College. These mechanisms have also been Media and Culture,” and “Religion, Media transported by elevators, for one thing.) “It’s used for special occasions, such as the print- and Culture,” the latter an overview of how St. Michael’s Spring 2009 13
  14. 14. Labels on trays of moveable type specify point size and the name of the font. Typesetters kept trays holding capital letters in an upper case, trays of small letters in a lower case. religious groups have used the media, both Fulton J. Sheen, a star of early television and interesting ride, and our problem now is print and broadcast. The subject is of partic- winner of an Emmy Award in 1952. “Sheen that we just don’t have the resources to sus- ular interest to historians of the College—it was not only a very smart individual and a tain the growth,” McGowan comments. was a native of Hamilton, Ontario, and a St. great communicator, but he had that sense “The number of students from other col- Michael’s College graduate, Father Charles of the dramatic,” McGowan says. “He knew leges is phenomenal—so we really are serv- Coughlin, who became famous as the “radio how to use the new medium very effectively, ing the rest of the university and we’re doing priest” during the Great Depression, reach- by using a very simple set and by playing to it on a shoestring budget.” ing wide audiences with his political mes- the camera.” For the present, McGowan helps to sage and forceful delivery. (Unfortunately, Listening to Portebois and McGowan sustain the program by engaging in what his message was heavily tainted with anti- discuss the fascinating historical details of he calls “old fashioned horse trading” with Semitism, unsolicited political diatribes, and their subject—whether those details have to sympathetic university departments, denunciations of Franklin D. Roosevelt, do with 19th-century French periodicals or notably French and Italian. Any further much to the chagrin of the American bish- 1950s American network television—an growth in the program, under these cir- ops and the Vatican.) Protestant televange- outsider can well understand why the BMS cumstances, will come slowly—but it is lists may dominate the religious airwaves program is popular with students. The prob- unthinkable that a program of such vitali- now, but they learned their lessons in the lem, aggravated by the current economic cli- ty, and with such connections to the use of broadcast media from such Catholic mate, is to sustain this interest with adequate College’s intellectual traditions, will wither virtuosos as Father Coughlin and Bishop funds for the program. “It’s been a really from lack of funds.! 14 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  15. 15. ALUMNI ASSOCIATION A Cool One Alumni offer a refresher course—in beer BY STEVEN WILLIAMS 9T4, PRESIDENT, USMC ALUMNI ASSOCIATION BOARD ON MAY 6, THE USMC ALUMNI 1993, when European Union laws superseded Association Events Committee it, the Reinheitsgebot limited German brewers will hold a beer tasting for to only three ingredients: barley, hops and alumni and friends at the Mill Street Brewery in water. What most people don’t know, though, Toronto’s historic Distillery District. Join us for is that the original intent was not to keep the a tour of the brewery, led by Mill Street’s staff, beer pure. It was to prevent brewers from using followed by a tasting and hors d'oeuvres. Those grains good for baking bread—more buns but with a passion for the flavour of barley and hops, fewer cheers. bring your best stein and prepare to sample the Beer Tasting and Tour of the Brewery at the finest craft lagers and ales. Want to show off? Mill Steet Brewery at 6 pm, $45 per person. For Drop this little tidbit about Germany’s famous information and registration please call the Purity Law, the Reinheitsgebot (RINE-hites-gue- Office of Alumni Affairs at 416-926-7260. Book bote.) Enacted in 1516 and strictly enforced until now, before it’s too late. ! UPCOMING ALUMNI EVENTS Christianity & the Arts Special Spring Reunion Lecture 1-3 pm Annual Lecture by His Grace Thomas Collins, Spring Reunion Lecture by His Grace Thomas May 29 - 31, 2009 The Language of Stained Glass Archbishop of Toronto, Collins, Archbishop of Toronto, FRIDAY, MAY 29 Glass artist Sarah Hall, RCA Chancellor, USMC Chancellor, USMC 11 am Wednesday, April 15, 2009, 7:30 pm The Catholic University (See details two columns to the left) Class of 5T9 50th Anniversary Mass Alumni Hall, Room 400 in the 21st Century 6:30 pm St. Michael’s College Chapel 121 St. Joseph St Saturday, May 30, 2009, 1 pm Honoured Years’ Cocktail Reception (below St. Basil’s Church) (For more details, see page 7). Charbonnel Lounge Odette Lounge, Brennan Hall 12 noon All welcome. No registration required 81 St. Mary Street 7:30 pm Class of 5T9 50th Anniversary Lunch All welcome. Registration: 416-926-2255 Honoured Years’ Dinner Charbonnel Lounge Alumni Association Gourmet Event Sam Sorbara Auditorium, 81 St. Mary Street Beer Tasting & Brewery Tour 400th Anniversary Celebration Brennan Hall 1:45 pm Wednesday, May 6, 2009, 6 pm of the Loretto Sisters 9:30-11 pm The Donovan Art Collection Tour Mill St. Brewery, Distillery District Corporate Responsibility Workshop After Dinner Reception 7 pm 65 Mill St., Building 63 Saturday, September 26, 2009 St. Michael’s College Alumni Toronto, ON 9:00 am - 5:00 pm SUNDAY, MAY 31 Association Annual General Meeting Registration: 416-926-7260 Sponsored by the Sisters of Loretto 11 am Sam Sorbara Auditorium, Brennan Hall Cost: $45 and USMC Continuing Education All Alumni Mass 8 pm-12 am For more details: Angela Convertini, St. Michael’s College Chapel All Alumni Reception Annual Book Sale 416-925-2833 or at maryeileendonovan (below St. Basil’s Church) Odette Lounge, Brennan Hall John M. Kelly Library 12 noon Tuesday to Saturday Complimentary Brunch SATURDAY, MAY 30 October 27 – 31, 2009 Sam Sorbara Auditorium, 12 noon For more details, email Brennan Hall Campus Tour Charbonnel Lounge, 81 St. Mary St. For information on alumni events, please call Eva at 416-926-7260 or visit our website at --St. Michael’s Spring 2009 15
  16. 16. COVER STORY Gardens of the Mind A former SMC Dean of Students masterminds top garden design showcase on the St. Lawrence BY CHARLES OBERDORF W HAT THESE PAGES SHOW ARE NOT WHAT MOST PEOPLE in his great-grandmother’s garden into a full-time position as its direc- would call gardens, but all of them were created by tor. He quit St. Michael’s and in early 1995 moved to Métis. young garden designers in response to basic questions Three years later, touring a garden festival in Chaumont-sur-Loire, about the garden. Is it a place to look inward or outward? A place of in France, a light went on for him. At the time, Reford Gardens had stillness or movement? Part of nature world or an alternative to it? A a relationship with the University of Montreal’s summer school in stimulus for the eye, the ear, the body? landscape and garden design. Reford had seen how hard it was for stu- Each year for the last nine years, between eight and 15 small gar- dents to get any of their work built, especially ideas that pushed the dens like these have constituted the International Garden Festival at envelope. A festival like the one in France would give some of them, the Jardins de Métis (a.k.a. Reford Gardens) on the St. Lawrence and other young designers, a chance to show their stuff. River about 270 km northeast of Québec City. The person most It would also give Reford Gardens greater visibility and encourage responsible for the festival is an alumnus of St. Michael’s—even, for people to come back. This last was important. About 85 percent of eight years, a Dean of Students, Alexander Reford 8T4. its visitors come from inside Québec; most of them sum- Reford looked so young in 1987, when he became mer in the region every year. Getting them to make dean—he was working on his Masters in History–that repeat visits would be as remunerative as attracting new some called him the “Teen of St. Michael’s.” Young or visitors–and easier. not, he remained dean for eight years, meanwhile work- Now in its tenth year, the International Garden ing toward a doctorate and writing for the Dictionary of Festival has so far showcased 75 gardens by approximate- Canadian Biography (DCB). ly 200 designers from nine countries. By last December, He was actually researching a DCB entry about a dis- 127 design teams had entered proposals for this year’s fes- tant ancestor when, in a family archive, he discovered a tival. Winners get six weeks to create their gardens and a Alexander Reford trove of material about his great-grandmother’s vast budget of $25,000 —$5,000 for the design and $10,000 flower gardens in Métis, Québec, where his ancestors had once each for materials and labour. After one summer, or possibly two, owned a salmon fishing camp with a 37-room “lodge” for themselves each plot must be returned to its original condition. (Those con- and their guests. Reford decided to go to Métis, to see the gardens straints alone rule out the use of most garden staples, such as flower- himself and possibly write a book about them. ing shrubs or perennials.) As for visibility, some design teams have Reford Gardens is still very much what most people imagine a great been asked to recreate their festival gardens at similar events in garden to be. Elsie Reford created its 40 acres of flowerbeds and bor- Canada, France, Italy and the U.K. In December, a book about the ders starting just after World War I. In 1952, when she was 82, she Festival was the lead item in a New York Times roundup review of the gave the property to her son Bruce, Alex’s grandfather, but he was most interesting garden books of 2008. unable to maintain the gardens. So, retaining a riverfront farm on the Alex Reford says that his time at St. Michael’s gave him some property, he put the lodge and gardens up for sale. The province preparation for his life today. As Dean of Students, he had some bought them and opened them to the public as a tourist attraction. responsibility for the grounds around the residences, though he’s Alex Reford had visited Métis two or three times, but as a child. quick to admit that he was never a hands-on gardener like the (After his grandfather sold them, he says, they took on “a sort of College’s aptly named Fr. Gardner, not to mention those two other ‘Paradise Lost’ quality” in the family.) Now, seeing them for the first avid trowel-wielders, Fr. Scollard and Fr. McConica. time as an adult, he learned that they might be lost again. The Where the College probably prepared him best, though, he thinks, province had been losing $300,000 a year on them and was thinking was in its sharply contrasting seasons. “The gardens are the exact of selling them, possibly to a developer. inverse of the campus,” he says. “St. Michael’s was very intensive from Together with two family members and the nonprofit group that September to May, and then nothing. At Métis, it’s just the opposite. had been running the gardens’ restaurant, museum and gift shop, But in that way, the two environments are really very similar.” Reford quickly formed a foundation and wrote a business plan to pro- Alex Reford is not allowed to have favourites among the festival pose to the government. In just over a year, between August 1993 and gardens, but he agreed to identify several he felt were remarkable for September 1994, he turned what began as a vague academic interest different reasons. The comments about them are his. 16 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  17. 17. Core Sample North Design Office (Pete and Alissa North), Toronto, 2005, 2006 and 2007 Pete and Alissa are young practitioners of landscape architecture and teach land- scape architecture at UofT. They created an elegant garden inspired by the core samples from mining and geology, evoking one of the motives that led to the exploration of eastern Quebec (by geologists William Dawson and William Logan). 100 tubes sampled the local environment, each PHOTO : 2006, LOUISE TANGUAY, JARDINS DE MÉTIS/REFORD GARDENS one stuffed with a sampling of the landscape, stones, cones, leaves, seeds and so on. Interspersed with berms, the site came to life as visitors ambled through the vertical forest, intrigued by the contents and seduced by the effect of the sunlight traversing the tubes. St. Michael’s Spring 2009 17
  18. 18. Sous-terrain de jeu Cédule 40, Chicoutimi, Québec, 2005, 2006 and 2007 This group of young visual artists from Chicoutimi creat- ed a space where the visitors themselves would plant the garden—not with a trowel and soil, but by interacting and using the over-sized swing. The movement of the visitors on the swing (and their enthusiastic enjoyment of same) sprinkled seed into the beds below, essentially planting the garden that came to life as the summer progressed. The contemporary garden is no longer a contem- plative space, but an interac- tive environment, where the visitor is as much a part of the garden as the gardener. 18 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  19. 19. Une semaine au potager Michel Boulcourt, France, 2001 The vegetable garden is the most familiar garden form, and one with which even the least adventurous of garden- ers has some familiarity. It is difficult to be innovative with vegetables—but this French designer showed how—creat- ing a garden that was at once productive and aesthetic. Vis- PHOTOGRAPHY: PAGE 18: © 2007, MICHEL LAVERDIERE JARDINS DE MÉTIS/REFORD GARDENS; PAGE 19: © 2001, MICHEL LAVERDIERE JARDINS DE MÉTIS/REFORD GARDENS itors toured a garden divided into seven spaces (one for each day of the week), each of which used painted wheel- barrows as the planting beds. Each barrow was planted with different edible plants (herbs and vegetables), care- fully chosen to be of the same colour as the wheelbarrow, thereby creating seven chro- matically organized spaces in perfect harmony. The garden was thus illustrative of the French tradition of ornamen- tal gardens, where botany and agriculture are perfectly combined to create a beauti- ful (and flavourful) garden. St. Michael’s Spring 2009 19
  20. 20. Blue Stick Garden Claude Cormier, Montréal, 2000 (it is coming back in 2009) This garden of 2700 blue and orange painted sticks has become one of the iconic sym- bols of contemporary garden design. It is anchored on the principles of garden design, and more specifically the English or mixed border, but uses sticks to provide height and colour. Replacing perennial plants with blue sticks, it is a PHOTOGRAPHY: PAGE 20: © 2000, LOUISE TANGUAY, JARDINS DE MÉTIS/REFORD GARDENS; PAGE 21: © 2007, MICHEL LAVERDIERE JARDINS DE MÉTIS/REFORD GARDENS very contemporary, some might say iconoclastic, gesture, partic- ularly because the design was inspired by Gertrude Jeykll (a popular figure from the Edwardian period of garden design) and my own great- grandmother, Elsie Reford, neither of whom would have quot;approved.quot; Many visitors had the same reaction, but through colour and imagination the designer fomented debate, and the garden has grown in acceptability and popularity— even after its demolition. We later presented it at Canada Blooms, at a Luytens-Jekyll garden in the UK, Hestercombe, at a garden show in Montreal and are re-presenting it this summer as a centrepiece of our 10th anniversary celebrations. 20 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  21. 21. Le Jardin des Hespérides Cao Perrot Studios (Andy Cao and Xavier Perrot) USA and France, 2006, 2007 This garden was inspired by the quiet colours and forms of Vietnam, with a giant lan- tern at the centre of a quiet pond. The lantern was saffron coloured, like the robes of Buddhist monks, and provid- ed remarkable reflections in the surrounding pool. Visitors traversed the pool and the lantern, balancing on the hidden steps and seemingly floating on the pond. Looking up, visitors could see the blue sky framed by the oculus of the lantern. The effects were multiple and the incorpora- tion of such exotic materials and plants (orange trees) in the boreal forest was magical. St. Michael’s Spring 2009 21
  22. 22. ALUMNI PORTRAIT Triathlons, Drum Sets and the Quest for God The surprising dimensions of Research in Motion’s Chief Operating Officer BY GRAHAM F. SCOTT L OTS OF SENIOR EXECUTIVES ARE REQUIRED TO CARRY A BLACK- Morrison was born and raised in Toronto, and attended Holy Berry smartphone. Don Morrison 7T5 carries three: one for Rosary Church in Forest Hill. He went to St. Michael’s High School, checking email and making calls, and two just for testing. where he says he was not exactly an academic stand-out: “I’m sure I It’s important for Morrison to know every inch of the popular would have been voted least likely to succeed when I was graduating gadgets; after all, the St. Michael’s College grad is Chief Operating from high school,” he says now, laughing; “I probably set a record for Officer of the BlackBerry division at Waterloo-based Research in the number of consecutive years in summer school.” But he was Motion, and he’s responsible for the smooth operation of the sales determined to come to Uof T, and St. Michael’s College in particular. network that sells the addictive little devices in 150 countries To do that, he was going to have to bring his average up to 70 per worldwide. cent. His Grade 13 math teacher, “a really “I don’t think you could be part of RIM tough Basilian” named Father Maurice without a BlackBerry,” he says. It’s a big job, (Mo)Whelan, agreed to give him a high at a big company, and it demands a lot from “Both sides of this enough mark as long as Morrison made him him. But while he enjoys the hectic pace, the a promise to “never take math again.” international travel, having to keep an eye on coin—diligent worker, And he didn’t—not at first anyway. dozens of different projects at once, and the Not knowing exactly what he wanted to high expectations that come with the job, he devout believer—were do, Morrison dabbled in a variety of sub- is also deeply spiritual, committed to silence, jects in his first year at St. Mike’s. It was contemplation, and prayer. Both sides of this coin—diligent worker, devout believer— minted, in part, at during his second and third years that he blossomed academically, enrolling in were minted, in part, at St. Michael’s College. The years since Morrison became COO St. Michael’s College.” subjects that had fascinated him as a teenager—comparative religion, theology, in 2000 have been extraordinary for the com- philosophy and logic. pany: Revenues have surged from $85 million to over $6 billion; the The College’s Registrar at the time, Father Harry Gardner, number of phone companies offering BlackBerry service jumped made a strong impact on the young Morrison. “Here’s this young from four to more than 400; and the number of BlackBerrys in use kid, who was lazy and didn’t know if he was any good, and maybe worldwide exploded from a few thousand to 14 million. didn’t even know if he was smart, and the Registrar at St. Michael’s While he always gets to play with the latest versions of the gad- College takes him under his wing, gives him a job, doesn’t molly- get, Morrison says he’s not particularly tech-savvy himself. His job coddle him, but treats him with respect, and has expectations that isn’t about tinkering in the lab; he’s responsible for everything it takes put him in a position of responsibility,” says Morrison. “That’s to get a BlackBerry from the factory into your hands, including sales, what Fr. Gardner did for me. As I was approaching adulthood, he marketing and carrier agreements. was really the first person, who truly believed in me outside of my “You have to get accustomed to doing 40 to 50 different things a own family.” day,” he says of his position. He has plenty of experience in telecom- Fr. Gardner advised Morrison to pick his professors first and cours- munications, having worked for Bell Canada and AT&T for almost es later, an approach that led him to a startling discovery—that learn- his entire career before 2000, shuttling back and forth between the ing could actually be fun. (Ultimately, he broke his promise to Fr. two phone giants in various executive roles. Whelan, by taking calculus while doing his MBA degree in 1981.) 22 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s
  23. 23. Morrison was a member of the Delta Kappa Epsilon fraternity Morrison likes to write and speak about spirituality, although he while at UofT, but wasn’t heavily involved in extracurriculars. “I was is not an evangelizer and rejects the notion that he has any definitive a real loner,” he says. That was partly a function of his deep interest in answers. He talks authoritatively and knowledgeably about theology his religion. “If you’re studying spirituality and mysticism—and you’re and the Church, but stresses that his only hope is to be an honest in it not so much for the ideas, but you’re in it because you’re fasci- example to others. flaws and all. “I see myself as pointing at some- nated by the experience—by definition you have to spend a lot of thing, and not judging other people for whether they do something time alone,” he adds. “It’s not that you have to, it’s that you want to.” or don’t. As saying, ‘This is something that is worthy of your atten- That interest in spirituality and faith has remained a constant in tion. For your own sake, you owe it to yourself to explore this and his life. “Since I was about 16 years old, I was absolutely fascinated think about it and understand it.’” by the stories of Christian saints, and then stories of other people Some see these parts of Morrison’s life—jet-setting high-tech who had had an intention and a hunger to know and understand executive and religious devotee—as incompatible, but he believes God in this life, experientially,” Morrison says. “And so I decided to it’s just the opposite. All the things that he gets from his faith— make that the principal focus of my studies in university. And it is such as a solid moral code, intentionality, commitment—also con- still the single-most important driving need and interest that I con- tribute to his success in business, he believes. “The Christian part tinue to have today.” and the faith part are not antithetical to success,” he says, “but are actually the underpinnings of success.”Morrison recently turned 56, and having spent the first part of his professional life bouncing back and forth between Bell and AT&T, he’s happy with his role at Research in Motion. “This is it,” he says. He intends to stick with RIM for the long haul, and, as one friend, Sporting Life Pres- ident David Russell, joked to him, “go out with my boots on.” Though he could settle comfortably into the senior position, working at a high-tech company like RIM keeps him on his toes. Partly, it’s neces- sary for his job—selling the latest bells and whis- tles to demanding young customers who want all the latest features in their gadgets—but it’s also his natural personality. He’s preparing to run his first triathlon this year, for instance. He still practices the drumming he took up as a teenager, and keeps three drum sets at home. His preferences lean towards the classic rock of the 1960s and later: “Led Zepplin, Blood Sweat and Tears, Jimi Hendrix, that sort of thing.” He and his son, John, 22, co-own a music store, Criminal Records, on Toronto’s trendy Queen West strip, and he talks with enthusiasm about his son’s budding career as a DJ and musician. In contrast, Morrison’s daughter, Heather, 26, is the country mouse of the family, and lives on the Muskoka river: “Very much an outdoors person,” Morrison says. “Family’s still number one,” he says of his children and his wife Debbie, his high school sweetheart who now helps him run their charita- ble foundation. “If you want to see what’s impor- tant in people’s lives, look at how they make choices about how they spend their time.” ! St. Michael’s Spring 2009 23
  24. 24. CONTINUING EDUCATION Tending the Flock Catechesis of the Good Shepherd programs encourage children to find their own way to God BY AMY STUPAVSKY PHOTO: AMY STUPAVSKY Kathleen Ennis, Toronto coordinator of the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd, with some of the teaching tools in the Atrium. 24 Spring 2009 St. Michael’s